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Course Description

In light of the evidence linking the lack of nature in children's lives to the rise in obesity, attention disorders, and depression, this course will teach participants how to create developmentally appropriate outdoor play and nature learning experiences for children from birth to age eight, ensure that outdoor environments are accessible and safe, and methodically observe and assess children's outdoor play. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and 260.

Learning Outcomes

  • Summarize current research regarding the relationship of the absence of nature in children's lives and the rise in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.
  • Describe the evolution of outdoor play experiences in early education and relate to the goals of the kindergarten movement in each decade since the Froebelian model appeared.
  • Analyze the movement needs of infants and toddlers and explain the role of the teacher in responding to those needs.
  • Develop and evaluate an integrated thematic preschool unit that can take place entirely out of doors.
  • Compare and contrast appropriate outdoor environments for infants/toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarten and primary aged children.
  • Synthesize and critically analyze research on the importance of observing and assessing children's outdoor play.
  • Develop an assessment and evaluation plan for the curriculum developed in #4.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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